Hydrogen Peroxide Acne
There is certainly a great deal of hype out there, about whether hydrogen peroxide is a cure for acne or not, in this article, I will present you with the facts so that you can make your own informed decision.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a combination of Hydrogen and Oxygen in equal parts, in concentrated form, it appears a pale light blue and slightly thicker than water.
When applied to a scratch the oxygen in the compound reacts with the bacteria and destroys it. It is for this reason that it has been used as a disinfectant since the 19th century.
Hydrogen Peroxide in concentrated form is very unstable, hence the worries about carrying it on hydroplanes in recent years however when mixed with water it is perfectly safe.
As Hydrogen Peroxide kills bacteria, and acne is bacteria, many people believe this makes it a miracle cure.
Pro Using Hydrogen Peroxide to Cure Acne
Hydrogen Peroxide kills germs and bacteria, which is one of the causes of acne, by applying it to a localized spot the bacteria in the acne decomposes, and disappears.
Hydrogen Peroxide also dries out the skin reducing the oil generated by the skin reducing the chances of another breakout.
When applied to the skin, it produces oxidization and this process will clear out the pores which further prevent breakouts.
A safe off-shelf solution would contain 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and 97% water, priced under $9 in most stores. Any stronger is simply not safe for skincare, however the 3% solution is safe, readily available and cheap.
Cons Using Hydrogen peroxide to Cure Acne
There are a good many reasons why you might not want to use Hydrogen Peroxide on your acne.
First, that drying mentioned in the pros section. This may cause premature aging of the skin especially for normal and dry skin types.
Secondly, it is believed that Hydrogen Peroxide actually kills skin cells and prevents new skin cells from forming, which may cause worse acne scars.
Hydrogen Peroxide also bleaches where it touches which is why hair is beached with Hydrogen Peroxide hence the term “peroxide blond”.
It also features strongly in teeth whitening products. We have all seen people with over bleached hair, think about what that might mean for your skin.
Personally, I think hydrogen peroxide can be used sparingly in isolated cases. For one or two spots caused by hormones or stress, it could produce good results. However, as a long term all round cure for acne, I would worry more about the long-term issues.
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